English Pronunciation for Japanese Speakers

Japanese Accent Reduction

Common English Pronunciation Problems You Might Face as a Japanese Speaker

 

When working to improve your English as a native Japanese speaker, one of the most challenging aspects is becoming comfortable using English pronunciation.

Japan has a rich cultural history that brings to mind traditional kimonos, tea ceremonies, beautiful calligraphy, emperors and samurai. In modern times, Japan has brought sushi to the western world and is known as a technology powerhouse. While being from Japan has many advantages, it can pose some challenges for those who want to communicate clearly in English.

Words and sentences in Japanese are approached differently than in English, requiring speakers to learn a new set of pronunciation rules in order to properly communicate using connecting sounds, intonation, and stress. Even if you have spoken English for decades, pronunciation can still be difficult, and you will likely benefit from trying to improve your American English accent.

When working to improve your English accent, it’s important to focus on using correct English pronunciation in order to avoid forming a habit of pronouncing words and sentences incorrectly. By overviewing the top three pronunciation problems native Japanese speakers face when learning English, you can evaluate your own English pronunciation and see how well you speak with an American accent.

Japanese Accent Reduction

To improve your American English accent, learn about linking!

Japanese speakers who have learned English often fail to link words, especially when two consonants are pronounced one after the other. In Japanese, a vowel sound is most commonly inserted between consonant sounds, so this habit often carries through to English speech. Japanese speakers tend to add extra vowel sounds, or they may try to take extra pauses to separate their words.

To see if you’re linking correctly: Read the following two sentences aloud, and record them.

            All of her barns fell down.

            Oliver Barnes fell down.

Now listen to the sentences you just recorded. They should sound exactly the same! We reduce and link the words “All of her” to sound like one word, just like the name “Oliver”.

To improve your american English accent linking skills, you have to be aware of the main ways in which English speakers link words together. The three main categories of linking are “Consonant to Consonant”(C->C) “Consonant to Vowel”(C->V) and “Vowel to Vowel”(V->V). The most difficult linking category for Japanese speakers tends to be “Consonant to Consonant” linking.

Try printing off a paragraph and circling all of the (C->C) links between words, underlining all of the (C->V) links, and highlighting all of the (V->V) links. Then read the paragraph and focus on the links you’ve just identified. Remember, not all words are linked together! Natural pauses occur between phrases, and are often (but not always!) marked by periods, commas, semicolons, or other punctuation.

Improve your American English accent by learning about syllable stress

English is a stress-timed language, while Japanese is a mora-timed language. That means that Japanese speakers tend to stress sounds and syllables equally, while English speakers vary their stress widely.

In order to improve your English pronunciation, it’s very important to learn about syllable stress and vowel reduction. In English, this means that some of our syllables are pronounced longer and louder than others.

Try saying the following sentence:

The analyst will use analytics to analyze your analysis.

Think about how you stressed each of the bold words. Each of these words should have a syllable that is longer and louder than the other syllables in that word. Can you identify which syllable is stressed in each of these words? Let’s try again.

The analyst will use analytics to analyze your analysis.

The bold syllables are the stressed syllables in these words. If you stressed these words differently than the pattern above, especially if you stressed each word the same way, you may want to improve your syllable stress skills.

Pronounce /r/, /w/, and /l/ clearly and distinctly to improve your American English accent

If you want to improve your American English accent, it’s important to differentiate between these sounds. Japanese speakers often confuse word-initial /r/, /w/ and /l/. This can lead to confusion between words like “right” “light” and “white.” Japanese speakers may also substitute /l/ for /r/, particularly in consonant clusters.

To see if you’re pronouncing /r/, /w/, and /l/ clearly and distinctly, record yourself pronouncing these sets of words:

1 Lane Rain Wayne
2 Led Red Wed
3 Leader Reader Weeder

 

Listen to the recording you just made. Did each word sound distinct, or did two or more words sound the same?

In order to pronounce /r/, the tongue must be raised very high in the back of the mouth, almost like swallowing. The tip of the tongue is relaxed and not working or touching anything to produce the /r/ sound.

In pronouncing the /l/ sound, the tip of the tongue must touch the tooth ridge.

In pronouncing the /w/ sound, the lips do all of the work by tightly rounding before the next sound.

If you work on these three aspects of English pronunciation daily for 2-3 weeks, you should notice a significant improvement in your American English accent.

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Each Japanese speaker may experience different issues learning English. Because of this, and because English involves very precise pronunciation skills,

 working with an online Accent coach is one of the easiest ways to ensure you learn English pronunciation correctly. Participating in an online educational setting, native Japanese speakers can work one-on-one with a certified instructor to receive a personalized accent assessment and pinpoint specific pronunciation areas that need improvement.

You can improve your American English accent and fluency between 50-80% in just 12-weeks! Sign up today for a free evaluation to see how Confidence Accent Reduction can work for you. 

Improving your Indian Accent

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Improving your Indian accent can be key to your success here in the U.S.

Many accent reduction clients of Indian origin have a unique perspective on English pronunciation. Most have spoken English from a young age, or are native English speakers. Not only that, but many people who are seeking to reduce their Indian accent have a very high level of education, with advanced degrees in medicine, science, IT or engineering.

Being able to communicate that knowledge clearly is not only valuable for the speakers, but also the community that can benefit from that knowledge.

Spoken American English

Clients who were educated in English, like many Indian English speakers, have a high level of success when it comes to reading, writing and vocabulary.

But their spoken English is not always easily comprehensible to American English speakers. In fact, the Indian accent is generally recognized as one of the most difficult for American English speakers to understand.

Three common problems for Indian speakers using American English

Here are 3 common American English pronunciation problems made by English speakers from India:

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1. Indian English Pronunciation – Strong /d/ sound instead of a /th/ sound

You probably tend to use a heavy /d/ sound instead of the voiced th sound in words including; the, there, mother & brother.

2. Indian English Pronunciation – /v/ & /w/ sounds

If you do not differentiate between the /v/ sound &  the /w/ sound in words like we, will, went & where, your English will be very difficult for Americans to understand.

3. Indian English Pronunciation – Syllable stress and vowel length

One very important area of concern is the way you use syllable stress when pronouncing American English words.

Non standard use of syllable stress is a primary cause of confusion and misunderstanding.

In my years of accent reduction coaching, I’ve noticed that the root cause of many communication problems for Indian English speakers is due to incorrect syllable stress and vowel length.

Indian English speakers frequently stress the wrong syllables in words.

When this happens, it makes it very, very difficult for American English speakers to understand what you are saying.

Examples

These are common words that Indian English speakers usually stress incorrectly. Click the word to hear the standard stress and pronunciation.

What can you do to learn the correct sounds & patterns?

If you are an Indian English speaker who feels like you are not communicating clearly, and you want to communicate in a manner that will enhance your career success, you’ll probably want to make some changes in your pronunciation.

American English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction

An excellent way to start improving is to sign up for a personal evaluation of your English Pronunciation, and then enroll in an American English Pronunciation course. If you choose to take this course with Confidence Learning Services, your evaluation is absolutely free, and you can access live, one-on-one instruction with a highly-qualified instructor anywhere via Skype. You’ll learn proven methods for communicating more clearly in American English, and most speakers see a 50-80% improvement in just 12 weeks.

Contact Confidence Learning Services today at 1-865-226-9477 to schedule your pronunciation evaluation.

 

Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Learn Spanish if you live in Knoxville

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Spanish makes life in Knoxville even better.

There are several great reasons to learn Spanish, ranging from mental benefits to employment opportunities. But you might be tempted to think that Spanish is great for someone living in California or Miami, but not for someone living in Knoxville, TN. After all, how useful can Spanish possibly be in East Tennessee?

Since Confidence Learning Services is based in Knoxville, TN, we can give you a few reasons why Spanish is actually very useful for local residents.

#4. Learn Spanish in Knoxville for the food.

Do you like steak? Sub sandwiches? Ice-cold mango drink?

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If you enjoy delicious food, and you would prefer to keep lunch under $10, then your next stop ought to be a local taqueria. Knoxville has dozens of taquerias, and if you’re worried about the discomfort and bloating that comes from the ground meat and cheese-product served at many East TN “Mexican” restaurants, worry no more. Taquerias offer traditional food that’s usually made with real ingredients, like teak, roasted chicken, or pork, and vegetables like nopales (cactus), mild poblano peppers and avocado. In these establishments, Spanish is the dominant language, and most food isn’t spicy, unless you want it to be. Unlike some of the overly processed Mexican food you may be used to, you’re sure to feel a lot better after eating a roasted chicken taco on fresh soft tortillas, sprinkled with cilantro, diced onion and lime.

Check out this list of local taquerias and plan your next meal.

#3. Learn Spanish to get to know the community in Knoxville.

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East Tennessee is a great place to live, work and raise a family, and part of what makes it great is our community. But did you know that there is a thriving Hispanic community right here in Knoxville? The center of that community is Centro Hispano, a local community organization that does things like offer GED, ESL and Spanish literacy classes help members of the community get connected to local resources, and sponsor events like the Knoxville Latino Awards. Stop by to see what’s going on and get to know your neighbors.

#2. In Knoxville, Spanish = Fiesta.

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Once a year, Knoxville turns out to celebrate all things Latin at the annual Hola! Festival. Here you can view artifacts and learn about the history of various Latin American countries, sample foods from different Spanish speaking cultures, and enjoy music, dancing and more. Everything is much more fun when you can speak Spanish.

#1. Boost your business and career.

Knoxville, TN is home to over 17,000 Spanish speakers and a thriving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Many businesses are just now beginning to recognize the economic implications of a strong Spanish-speaking community right here in East Tennessee, and are starting to look for bilingual job candidates or seek out professional Spanish-language training. Although there are some top-notch translation agencies in Knoxville, being able to communicate with clients directly allows you to establish a personal connection.

There’s no doubt that Spanish is a useful language to understand anywhere in the U.S., and it’s especially beneficial right here in Tennessee.

Are you ready to take advantage of the opportunities that are open to Spanish-speakers? Start your journey towards becoming a Spanish speaker today. Contact Confidence Learning Services at 1-865-226-9477 for your free Spanish language consultation session via Skype.

The 100 Most Common Words in English

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Although there are plenty of vocabulary resources that we recommend at Confidence Learning Services, not the least of which is the Oxford Picture Dictionary, it’s important to look at the most common words in the English language.

Many of these words are “function” or “grammar” words, meaning they do not have a very concrete meaning but rather serve a grammatical purpose in a sentence. While we cannot attach pictures to these words, they are extremely useful to learn. Once you learn these words, you will be able to recognize, understand, and read a large percentage of the English language. In fact, some people estimate that these 100 words make up about 50% of written and spoken English.

Lists of the “100 Most Common Words in English” are available from a variety of sources, and there are slight variations from list to list. This is because these lists are derived from analyzing different materials from different sources, as no one can accurately analyze all of the written and spoken English in existence.

Unlike most lists, however, this is list is arranged by categories, making it much easier to study and understand these words. We recommend that you study one category at a time. You will likely be surprised by how often you encounter these words each day!

100 Most Common Words

 

Nouns

time person year day way

 

Adjectives

new one two first good
even all other most

 

Adverbs

not no well there
only just then now

 

Articles

the a an some any

 

Conjunctions

but and or so also than because

 

Pronouns

Subject:   

I you he she it we they

Possessive:        

my your his her its our their

 

Object:                

me him us them

Demonstrative:

that this these those

 

Verbs

be have do say know can make like take will* could*
go come think use work want give get look would*

*Auxiliary or other verb forms

Prepositions

to of in for on as at with
from about into out up over back after

 

Question

who what where when why how

 

We hope this list is helpful to you as you are studying English. If you want even more assistance in your English studies, contact Confidence Learning Services today for a completely free English language evaluation. You’ll get to chat one-on-one with a highly qualified instructor about your personal goals and abilities in English. Call us now at 1-865-226-9477.

Why is English so hard to learn?

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Students complain about it, the internet is full of articles about difficult English grammar and spelling, there’s even a poem dedicated to expressing just how difficult English actually is.

So why is English so hard? Many people struggle to express exactly what makes English so hard to learn. Since we deal with the difficulties of English on a day-to-day basis at Confidence Learning Services, we thought we’d outline some of the top difficulties most people have with the language.

What makes English so hard? English spelling.

As the poem points out, there are several different ways to pronounce the “ough” syllable, as in, “through”
“dough” and “cough.” But that’s not the only aspect of English spelling that is difficult to master.

Although English has 5 written vowels, (a, e, i, o, u) there are approximately 12 spoken vowels. We say approximately because these vary from region to region. That means that written vowels cannot correspond directly to spoken vowels, and we get all sorts of messy vowel combinations. For example, “oo” may represent the “oo” /u/ in “food” or the “oo” /ʊ/ in “book”. However, “ee” and “ea” may represent the same sounds, in words like “need” and “bead,” or ea may represent a different sound, as in “bread.”

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This chart shows the tongue position for just 4 vowels.

In fact, although the English alphabet only has 26 letters, it has 44 spoken sounds. It doesn’t take a linguist or a mathematician to recognize that discrepancy as problematic.

English grammar makes English so hard.

Although English has a couple of things going for it in the grammar department – no pesky genders, no noun declensions – there are a few aspects of grammar that make English difficult.

Let’s look at the past tense. The problems begin when we recognize that the regular past tense “-ed” suffix has one spelling but three possible pronunciations. However, once we have mastered those, we realize that many verbs have irregular past tenses. Of the 18 most common words in the English language, 13 have irregular past tenses.

It’s not just the past tense we have to worry about. Something as simple as the plural is more complicated than it seems. Again we have two common ways of writing the regular plural – adding “-s” or “-es” to the end of the noun. However, we have 3 ways of pronouncing those endings, and again, many mysteriously irregular plural nouns as well, like “man/men” “woman/women” “child/children.”

I’m stressing out about English stress.

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Stress does make English hard, and I’m not referring to the anxiety you may feel when studying. English is a “stress timed” language, meaning syllables in the language may last different amounts of time, but there is perceived to be a fairly constant amount of time (on average) between consecutive stressed syllables.

This means that unstressed syllables between stressed syllables tend to be shortened to fit into the time interval. For example, if two stressed syllables are separated by a single unstressed syllable, as in ‘come for tea‘, the unstressed syllable will be relatively long, while if a larger number of unstressed syllables intervenes, as in ‘come and have some tea’, the unstressed syllables will be shorter.

Many languages are syllable-timed, rather than stress timed, so the idea of shortening syllables is almost incomprehensible to many students.

Those are our top 3 reasons why English is so hard to learn. What about you? What areas of English do you struggle with?

We’d like to make English a little easier for you. With our personalized course schedules, individualized lesson plans, and flexible scheduling, we make it as easy as possible for you to get top quality instruction face-to-face with an expert. Contact Confidence Learning Services today at 1-865-226-9477 to schedule your free English assessment via Skype.

How to learn English and have fun at the same time

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 If you want to know how to learn English and have a good time at the same time, these resources are for you.

Everyone knows about foreign language institutes, college classes, textbooks and Rosetta Stone. But to be honest, those don’t sound like how I would like to spend my Saturday night. Can’t language learning be fun too?

You don’t just want to know how to learn English, you want it to be fun. Here are some recommendations for making your language learning experience a lot more enjoyable.

1. How to learn English and have fun – Music.

Pick an English speaking musician or band. Just one. You’re going to become their number one fan. Download all of their albums on iTunes, watch all of their music videos, go to their concerts, and most importantly, study their lyrics. Music is an incredible way to learn language, because our brains are capable of remembering grammar and vocabulary that we normally would not be able to process. If you want to know how to learn English while having a good time driving to a party on a Friday night, you need to sing along to these songs in the car and jam out with friends.

2. How to learn English and have fun – TV.

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Again, we’re going to pick one TV show and become obsessed with it. Fortunately, with services like Netflix and Hulu, it doesn’t even have to be a current TV show. Pick one actor or actress whose voice you like, and practice imitating them. Imagine you are auditioning for their part on the TV. You want to be able to match their voice, body language, and stress. This helps your pronunciation immensely. Read episode guides, follow the TV show on Facebook or twitter, and watch each episode a couple of times if you can. You get to binge watch and master how to learn English at the same time.

3. How to learn English and have fun – online games.

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Plenty of people are obsessed with online games like Candy Crush, Farmville, or whatever the latest thing is to hit social media. Instead of crushing candy, try crunching words with similar online games that drill you on English skills. WordReference has several of these English language games, and plenty of other sites give you the opportunity to play games on your screen while reinforcing your English.

Just remember the next time you’re dreading language study, you could be practicing and having fun at the same time.

Ready to improve your English drastically? We build in some of these fun strategies in all of our courses. Contact Confidence Learning Services at 1-865-226-9477 today to schedule your free English consultation.

How to speak English when you are really nervous

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Knowing how to speak English when you are scared or intimidated is important.

Many students spend years studying English, listening to CDs, taking tests, and working with computer programs to improve their English speaking skills. But when it comes to actually approaching an English speaker and speaking English, these same students might just stay silent instead. They missed an opportunity to use this still they have worked at so hard – because they are nervous.

So, you need to know how to speak English – in real life, even when you are nervous.

There might be many reasons you are nervous about speaking English, and they are all totally natural. In fact, no matter what language you are learning, you will probably be a little nervous when it actually comes to putting your skills into practice. Some of these reasons might be:

– You will be embarrassed if you make a mistake.

– You don’t want someone to laugh at you.

– You are not sure if the words you are thinking of are the right ones.

– You are afraid the other person will be offended if you assume they do not speak your language.

– You are generally shy.

There may be many other reasons that you struggle to speak English in real-life situations, but the point is, you need to know how to speak English even when you are nervous or worried.

Here a few tips that will help you overcome this fear:

1. Memorize a “Conversation Starter” phrase.

This is more than knowing the word “Hello.” You want to pick a phrase that sounds natural – maybe something you see someone use on a movie or TV show, like, “Hey, how’s it goin’?” Then practice that phrase about five-hundred times. Practice imitating a native speaker saying this phrase. Notice how they link the words together, their sentence tone or melody, and which word they stress. You want to practice this phrase so much that you can say it without thinking, and so that you can say it with convincing, confident English pronunciation. When that nervous, “I completely forgot how to speak English” feeling comes, you can rely on this well-practiced phrase to get you through.

2. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.

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Much of the nervousness that you feel may be because you are worried about what other people will think of you. But think about it from their perspective. If someone who was studying your language came up to you and tried to speak your language, with poor pronunciation and lots of mistakes, would you think badly of them or laugh at them? Or would you try to help them and encourage them to continue studying and keep trying? If you are like most people, you would be encouraging to someone who is trying to learn your language. Why would you expect anything different from someone else?

It is true that some people will be rude to you if you don’t speak the language perfectly, but usually, these people are not very friendly in their own language either. In that case, it is their personality that is the problem, not your language skills.

3. Remember where you are.

If you are in the United States (or most English speaking countries), you are in a country that is very different from the majority of the world. Most countries are very homogeneous, and have a small immigrant and non-native speaking population. In the United States, however, about 20 percent of the population – 61 million people – speak a different language at home, and there are over 300 languages spoken in the U.S. So when you start wonder how to speak English when you feel so nervous, remember – you are not alone. Most Americans have interacted with dozens if not hundreds of people who do not speak English as their first language. It is a normal, everyday occurrence for us.

Likewise, if you are learning another language in your home country, and trying to practice with the English speaking teacher down the road or in your local Mexican market, imagine how the other person feels having to speak another language most of the time. They may appreciate the effort you put into talking to them in their native language, and they might enjoy the break they get from having to think in another language.

If you can get past the first few words of a conversation, you will be surprised at how easy it becomes. You just have to relax and feel confident in your attempts to speak English.

Let us help you feel more confident in your language use. Sign up for a Confidence Learning Services English course, and we will schedule trips to the local supermarket or library and be right alongside you as you practice using your new language in real life. Or we can work with you internationally via Skype to give you conversation practice with a native English speaker. Contact us today at 1-865-226-9477 for more information.

New English Pronunciation Course Options from Confidence Learning Services

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English Pronunciation Courses to better fit your lifestyle

Here at Confidence Learning Services, we enjoy being the premier provider of language and accent reduction services in the Knoxville area, and part of what makes us stand out is our flexibility. If you are interested in a course that lasts 6 weeks or 6 months, we can arrange that for you. However, we also have some pre-planned courses that we recommend to our clients. We’ve recently developed some new course options that we think will better serve our clients. Take a look at our new options:

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Comprehensive Accent Reduction

Some clients will need to invest a little more time in their pronunciation practice in order to communicate as clearly as they would like. If you regularly have to repeat yourself to make yourself understood, feel that your career has been impacted or limited by your pronunciation, or avoid certain situations because of your struggles with pronunciation, this course is likely for you. Also, if you have previously tried other accent reduction programs without success, this may be the best course option for you.

Confidence Accent Reduction

Most of our clients can demonstrate 50-80% improvement in their accent in just 12 weeks, which is precisely what this course offers. If you occasionally have to repeat yourself to make yourself understood, or notice that people focus primarily on your accent instead of what you have to say, this is a good course to consider.

English Pronunciation Mini Course

Maybe you aren’t ready to commit to one of the longer courses just yet, and just want to try out a few courses, or perhaps you have an important speech or presentation to deliver. We’re happy to help you achieve a very targeted goal in just 3-weeks with this mini-course. This is a good option for someone who just wants to brush up, or is interested in sampling the lessons before committing to a longer course.

And of course, don’t forget about our free, sixty-minute evaluation. 

We’ll conduct an in-depth evaluation of all of the sounds in the English language, as well as a few key skills in this evaluation. We’ll also discuss your personal goals, and you get undivided one-on-one attention from a highly qualified instructor – for free! There’s no obligation to continue if you decide the course isn’t right for you.

Don’t wait any longer to take advantage of these new course offerings. Contact Confidence Learning Services at 1-865-226-9477 to sign up today.

 

 

East TN Chinese Assocation Spring Picnic and Tennis Tournament

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Confidence Learning Services was proud to sponsor the East Tennessee Chinese Association 2015 Tennis Tournament.

The East Tennessee Chinese Association is a great non-profit community organization that improves the lives of the Chinese community in East Tennessee. They encourage academic, professional, and cultural exchanges among members; promote activities related to Chinese arts and culture, and foster the recognition and integration of the Chinese community in the Knoxville area. ETCA is also actively involved in various charitable fund raising events, and plays an important role in community diversity and cultural programs.

They have sponsored the East Tennessee Chinese School, which is a great resource for Chinese language learning in the East Tennessee and Knoxville area. If you are interested in learning more about this organization, please visit the  East Tennessee Chinese Association website.

Confidence Learning Services appreciates community organizations like the East Tennessee Chinese Association, and so we have sponsored this organization in the past through newsletter and e-mail sponsorship.

The East Tennessee Chinese Association also co-hosts the annual Chinese New Year Performance in Knoxville, an event that Confidence Learning Services also sponsors.

This year, we had the opportunity to sponsor a Tennis Tournament, which turned out to be a great event. The games took place in the months of April and May, weather permitting, and were a good opportunity for some friendly competition within the community.

All of the players competed well, and the top three winners were:

Xin Tong

Jianwei Hu

Brandon Chu

At the East Tennessee Chinese Association picnic, Confidence Learning Services was proud to present awards and trophies to the winning players. We got the chance to congratulate the winners, meet several members of the community, enjoy a nice afternoon outdoors at a local park, and try some delicious new food.

We would like to again congratulate the winners, and thank the board of the ETCA for allowing us to continue to sponsor their organization.

Do you know of a non-profit organization that would be interested in Confidence Learning Services’ sponsorship? Contact us today at 1-865-226-9477 to find out what type of resources we can provide at little or no cost to local non-profit organizations.

Professional Business English for your Website and Social Media

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Your company’s online presence is one of the first ways that potential customers and clients interact with your business.

Are you using professional business English, or are embarrassing mistakes scaring off customers?

Chances are, you’ve invested money and time in creating an online presence to represent your company. Perhaps you have even hired a web designer or an SEO professional to ensure that your website gets a greater amount of traffic.

But what do customers see when they follow you on twitter, read your blog post, add you on Google+, like you on Facebook, or scroll through your website?

Here are a few real-life examples of distracting business English mistakes on professional websites:


Business English Mistake #1:

“General informations about right of residence for foreigners”

Business English Mistake #2:

“keep your rates down while rewardring your teen for responsible driving”

Business English Mistake #3:

“We makes over 100,000 photobooks a year”

Business English Mistake #4:

“Warning! You will lost current progress if you close window. Are you shure?”


You probably want your customers to see professional business English that accurately represents your company. Perhaps you think that spelling and grammar errors like the ones above aren’t that important, as long as the main idea is there. But a recent 2013 study suggests that 59% of people would not use a company with poor grammar on its website.

The grammatical and spelling mistakes lurking in your posts, tweets and pages can have a negative impact on your image. Clients may come to your site seeking a professional contractor, accountant or fitness instructor, but instead they find a page full of misspellings, confusing sentences, poor business English, or grammatical errors. Instead of contacting you for more information, they may leave your page wondering if you are really the professional that you are representing yourself to be.

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If they can’t spell correctly, what else are they doing wrong?

 

If English is not your first language, it can make the process of creating professional business English text even more difficult. While you are spending all your time scheduling updates, drafting blog posts, and checking your web traffic, grammatical errors and spelling mistakes may be more difficult to notice.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend hours second-guessing your blog posts or website pages. Confidence Learning Services offers an in-depth grammatical, spelling and composition analysis of all text on your website, social media page, blog, or other English-language media. You don’t have to worry about the difference between “they’re” “their” and “there.” During the months of May and June, this service is only $99 (regularly $150).

Let us do the work for you, so that you can get back to doing what you do best. Contact Confidence Learning Services today at 1-865-226-9477 to schedule your business English-language analysis.